Austin Parks – Holiday Style

Nov 25, 2014 - 8:28 am

On a crisp December night where else would you rather be than with family and friends at the heart of a warm and twinkling light display radiating with holiday spirit?

Trail of Lights

The 2014 Trail of Lights is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.  Having started in 1964 as “Yule Fest”, this wonderful Austin tradition has grown while creating treasured memories for Austinites, their families and holiday visitor’s to our great city.  The Trail of Lights is Austin’s most celebrated event of the season, thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, H-E-B and other generous sponsors.  Starting with the lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree, the “flipping of the switch” puts thousands of people in Central Texas into the season’s merry spirit.   What would the holiday season in Austin be without a visit to the Zilker Park Trail of Lights?
This Zilker holiday celebration starts off with a children’s art contest where children ages 5 – 10 years old can draw pictures of the Zilker Tree lighting event showing their version of the traditional holiday symbol. As is tradition, the 2014 art contest’s winning entries, from two separate age categories, will have the privilege of displaying their art and helping “flip the switch” at the Lighting of the Zilker Park Holiday Tree. 

After the tree lighting ceremony, it’s time for runners and walkers alike to start getting ready for the 2 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, December 6th.  Not only will you get your blood pumping, you also get a sneak peek at Austin’s favorite holiday celebration!  The two mile run starts at the Zilker Tree and ends inside the Trail of Lights.  So grab your finest festive apparel (Santa hats, bells, reindeer antlers, blinking necklaces etc…) and get in on the action.

The Zilker Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, November 30th and the Trail of lights will start on December 7th and end on December 21st.  There will be new displays and an interactive Santa’s Workshop, along with Candy Land that will feature candy demonstrations from local candy makers.  AND…for the first time in four years, the Yule Log tradition is back at the Trail of Lights.  Considered the perfect gathering spot at the event by the community, it is the tradition that brought Austin together for the first Zilker Park holiday celebration in 1965.

So make your plans to attend the 50th Trail of Lights Celebration and watch the wonder of the displays light up your children’s eyes while creating memories that will last a lifetime.